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What Laundry Detergent Is Best for Catlett, VA Septic Tanks?

One of the most common questions customers ask the technicians with Advantage Septic Service is what laundry detergent is best for Catlett, VA, septic tanks. The good news is that you have quite a few choices for effective but safe detergents. But you do need to do some research before you buy.

In all cases, you want one that is biodegradable and has reduced amounts of surfactants. There are 2 basic types of surfactants. The first is natural or oleochemical, which means it comes from plant-based oils. Usually that means palm oil or coconut oil. The other type of surfactant is synthetic or petrochemical, meaning it comes from crude oil. What you’ll notice when you compare the 2 is that natural surfactants make less suds and foam.

Check the label of your detergent. Whether it uses a natural or synthetic surfactant, the ingredient label should say that it has low levels. Both work fine in your septic tank.

The other thing you need to check is what type of septic system you have. If your property has a standard type of septic system, one that is gravity-powered, a liquid detergent is your best choice. If you have an aerated system, choose a powder, which reduces the amount of foam in the aeration chamber.

You might notice that the detergents safe for your tank cost a little more. Commonly sold detergents that work well include:

  • Arm & Hammer laundry detergent
  • Earth Friendly laundry products
  • Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
  • Amway S-A-B
  • Mrs. Meyers laundry detergent

If you have questions, just ask one of our technicians when he comes out to pump your septic tank. Our team of septic pros is happy to share our expertise with you. We often get asked about what can safely go down the drain and toilet, the right type of toilet paper, and how often the tank needs pumping.

The more information you have about septic tanks, like what laundry detergent is best for septic tanks in Catlett, VA, the better you can care for your entire septic system. We see too many tanks that are not treated correctly, resulting in unnecessary repair costs.

The most important thing you can do for your entire system is get it pumped out on a scheduled basis. Even if you use the right laundry detergent and monitor what goes down the drain, your tank still needs to be pumped. Time between clean outs can range from yearly to every 3 years, depending on how many people use the system on a regular basis.

Call Advantage Septic Service today to ask what laundry detergent is best for septic tanks in Catlett, VA, and to arrange for a tank pumping.

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